FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Virginia Arnold, 94 of Florham Park, is this year’s Cissy Laureys Award Winner.
The award was named after Cecilia G Laureys Known as “Cissy” to friends and family she was a mother of 10, a four term Morris County Freeholder and the first woman ever to be elected to the Netcong Boro Council, the town she hails from and raised her own family in. She was a volunteer for many non-profit enterprises, and a proponent of conservation efforts, which drove her run for Freeholder. Much of her passion was fueled by philanthropy and supporting legislation to maintain the environment. She passed away in 2013 leaving behind a legacy of compassion and service.
The Cissy Laureys Senior Volunteer Award was created to honor that legacy. When the request to recognize a citizen came from Morris County Clerk, Ann Grossi to Sheila Williams, Florham Park Boro Municipal Clerk the was choice easy.
“ Even before I reached out to Charlene Sozansky, president of the Senior Club, I had Virginia Arnold in the back of my mind” Williams said.
Virginia has made many contributions to the Senior Citizens of Florham Park. She is loved and respected by all and diligent in seeing the needs of many met. One of her many contributions is the self sustaining Seniors Helping Seniors program, providing services to homebound seniors with basic needs, rides, cleaning services or even an ear to listen. She was the driving force behind the development of a 4,000 square foot Senior Center debuted in 2010. The center hosts exercise classes, movies, computer instruction and many more recreational and educational programs.
Currently, Arnold is on a committee, working alongside Mayor Taylor and Sozansky to implement transportation for seniors. She is tireless and her passion is endless. She embodies the legacy of Cecilia Laureys and the community at large continues to benefit from her giving spirit.
“ I feel proud to know Virginia and am honored to nominate her for years of hard work and dedication to Seniors in Florham Park” Williams said.